Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Ignace, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Howe, Tami Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Haji, Faizal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hanley, Gillian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Douglas, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Flynn, Alexandra Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Prueitt, Cat Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brar, Gurcharn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Henry, Annette Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.